[Mr. John Riding]
Interview with Mr. John Riding, 4003 Harrison.
Mr. Riding came in about 1890 with two other boys to the Frying Pan ranch, where they lived in a dugout in a draw that is now the site of a golf course. The dugout, although it had not been recently inhabited, was a “pretty good dugout”. For a trunk the boys used flour sacks, in which they kept a change of clothing, because fleas were so bad in the dugout. They would take the flour sacks out on the open prairie and pin them down with sticks to prevent the high Panhandle winds from blowing them away. When they came in from work at night, they would change to the fresh garments in order to get some rest from the fleas.
One night when the boys were sleeping across the draw from the dugout, rain suddenly began falling in torrents, drenching them as they slept together on the ground before they woke up. When one of the three sleepers moved, the rain leaked in
The three boys, Will Caufelt, Tom Stringer, and Mr. Riding, were staying at the dugout for Mr. McBride, who had promised them three ponies apiece to break wild horses for him.
Mr. Riding had never had any dealings with “such wild horses”, but the other boys thought the animals were “not so bad”. However, when one of them was thrown by a wild horse, he “gave up that it was not so good”. Mr. Riding recalls that “We had to blindfold him